Fun things to do while visiting Anchorage
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Iditarod 2007—The Last Great Race
The 1049-mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Iditarod 2007, will hold the ceremonial start one block from the Captain Cook on Saturday morning, March 3rd, at 10:00 am. The restart is Sunday, March 4th, in Wasilla (about 50 miles north of Anchorage) at 2:00 pm at the Wasilla Sports Complex at the north end of town. For true sled dog racing fans, the musher's banquet is on Thursday, March 1st, at the Sullivan Arena near downtown. Tickets sell out early and are available at race headquarters; call Lois Harter, Banquet Reservations, 907-352-2201.
- Visit www.iditarod.com
Fur Rendezvous—Alaska's Midwinter Festival
Since the late 1930s fur trappers have been meeting in Anchorage to thwart cabin fever by celebrating the beginning of the end of winter. Activities include short sled dog races, snow sculpture, snowshoe softball, melodrama theater and fur auctions, among others. The festival runs February 23rd through March 4th all over Anchorage. Check the 2007 event schedule for details.
- Visit www.furrondy.net
Tour of Anchorage—Nordic Ski Marathon
See all of Anchorage on Sunday, March 4th as part of the American Ski Marathon Series. Routes are 50K, 40K or 25K.
- Visit www.tourofanchorage.com
Alyeska Ski Resort—40 Minutes from Anchorage
The view of the Turnagain Arm fjord may well be the finest view from any ski lift anywhere. The drive to the resort is worth taking even if you don't ski.
- Visit www.alyeskaresort.com
Picture snow-laden spruce boughs, small animal tracks and amazing quiet and peace while guided by a local naturalist in a beautiful setting about 30 miles south of Anchorage.
Other Fun Stuff
The Anchorage Convention and Visitor's Bureau has information on a host of activities including skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, ice skating, hockey, skijoring, sledding, flightseeing, and northern lights viewing.